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15-85 vs Adding 17-55 Question

 
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Jun 03, 2012 21:20 |  #46

Sell tthe 15-85 and get the 17-55...if you got a the crop the 17-55 is SWEEET.


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Jun 03, 2012 23:35 as a reply to  @ sonofjesse's post |  #47

I got the 15-85 as my first upgrade from the kit lens and was blown away. Used it happily for a year, then started on wide aperture lenses, including the 17-55. Now I love to have the option of blurring out the background that is harder to achive at f/5.6. Have also used f/2.8 for indoor event photography where flash is not allowed. If I want a greater focal range I carry more lenses. So I am going to sell my 15-85.


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Jun 05, 2012 18:18 |  #48

rick_reno wrote in post #14511794 (external link)
given what you're printing, i'd stick with the 15-85 and bump the iso if needed.

Your opinions are always on point! I am thinking about a 15-85 as well


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Jun 05, 2012 19:29 |  #49

tkbslc wrote in post #14523241 (external link)
IF there was a definite answer, Canon wouldn't have bothered to make and market both lenses. Obviously there are different tastes and Canon wants to cater to them all.

+1

I have the 17-55 but I'm considering the 15-85 as well, just for the extra reach.
I may end up carrying both lenses.


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Jun 05, 2012 19:52 as a reply to  @ Perfectly Frank's post |  #50

After too much time deciding between the two, I bought a 15-85. It makes for a great outdoor/travel/hiking lens. :D




  
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Jun 06, 2012 10:56 |  #51

You'll love the 15-85 IS. It's a great lens.


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Jun 11, 2012 17:41 |  #52

HughR wrote in post #14539688 (external link)
You'll love the 15-85 IS. It's a great lens.

Agreed. I am pretty much in the dedicated amateur category, but I bought my 15-85 the week they came on market and I almost never take it off my camera. It is the perfect "take one lens with you" solution on my 30D.


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Jun 11, 2012 20:14 |  #53

sonofjesse wrote in post #14526838 (external link)
Sell tthe 15-85 and get the 17-55...if you got a the crop the 17-55 is SWEEET.

ditto
There is 15-85 vs 17-55, not the same league, not the same use. I'm surprised that some people here (photography hobbists) fail to realize the importance of a faster/fixed aperture to a walk around lens. 17-55 is a much more useful lens.


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Jun 11, 2012 20:58 |  #54

pasm365 wrote in post #14565493 (external link)
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There is 15-85 vs 17-55, not the same league, not the same use. I'm surprised that some people here (photography hobbists) fail to realize the importance of a faster/fixed aperture to a walk around lens. 17-55 is a much more useful lens.

I can't argue about the 17-55 faster fixed aperture, excellent build and superior IQ. This all make this an excellent choice for a crop framed Canon. But as a walkaround lens, especially in good light, The 15-85mm can be a more appropriate choice. Its noticeably wider and has significantly longer reach, its build is only 2nd to the 17-55 in the Ef-s range, the price is significantly lower, and it is tack sharp across the image even wide open. You assume that those of us who chose the 15-85 over the 17-55 don't understand its virtues. We do. More than half my shorts, though, are in the range about 55mm and I also appreciate the 15mm wide end for landscapes. I have an 18-55 lit lens and quickly realized that it's ocal range is just too limiting for me for every day use. Its a trade off. I'm giving up a lot but getting something else more useful to me in return.


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Jun 12, 2012 00:08 |  #55

pasm365 wrote in post #14565493 (external link)
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There is 15-85 vs 17-55, not the same league, not the same use. I'm surprised that some people here (photography hobbists) fail to realize the importance of a faster/fixed aperture to a walk around lens. 17-55 is a much more useful lens.

I disagree with the statement about not being in the same league. IQ are excellent on both. 17-55mm is more useful for some but not all. I prefer the range of the 15-85 over the speed of the 17-55. It all depends on what you shoot.




  
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Oct 04, 2013 16:46 as a reply to  @ hubcaps's post |  #56

I did all the research and happily bought a 15-85 for my 60D a couple of years back. I love the lens. I've gotten more keepers and sharper images with it than anything else I've ever used. Now, I have a new grand daughter and when we went to Chicago to visit I found the 15-85 a little challenging to use inside. I have a 50 1.8 also and used that more. So once back home I began to dream about the 17-55 and its faster possibilities. Well, long story short, I sold an X10 I had, a couple of other pieces and have a 17-55 due next week.

My plan now is to keep them both. One is better for my landscape passion, the other is better for my grand daughter passion. I could twist and turn about the wisdom of keeping two expensive lenses that cover somewhat similar focal lengths, but what's the fun in that? Part of the fun of photography is to have great tools for any situation. I'll enjoy them both. I anticipate I won't be disappointed with image quality in whatever situation I find myself.


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Oct 05, 2013 03:20 |  #57

I have a 60D and generally leave it on auto ISO (with a max of 6400).


Do I get noise in very low light... yes.

But I'd rather have some noise than have a blurry picture with a very slow shutter speed.

I always shoot RAW, so can easily adjust the noise in LR/PS, and future versions of LR/PS will likely improve this as well.
I'll never ever be able to adjust the blur.


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Oct 05, 2013 10:28 |  #58

Using 1755mm f2.8 with 85mm f1.8 combo, once u try thr 1755mm, there is no turning back, the distortion of 15mm and the image quality of 15-85 @ 85mm isnt the quality u want

While 1755mm is pin sharp in every focal length with wide open. No regret and this lens stop me to go ff


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Oct 05, 2013 20:28 |  #59

PH68 wrote in post #16347425 (external link)
I have a 60D and generally leave it on auto ISO (with a max of 6400).


Do I get noise in very low light... yes.

But I'd rather have some noise than have a blurry picture with a very slow shutter speed.

I always shoot RAW, so can easily adjust the noise in LR/PS, and future versions of LR/PS will likely improve this as well.
I'll never ever be able to adjust the blur.

There are programs that do that too. I saw one and I was like :shock:
I wish I had the patience to learn all the PP work.


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Oct 06, 2013 06:22 |  #60

Anyone got both and don't want to get rid of either?

I am in the situation that I have both a 17-55 a 24-105, some primes and no desire to go FF.
Both have their pro's and con's. For indoor the F2.8 gets more use when using flash is not desirable but when really low light I switch to a 1.4 prime not just for keeping the ISO down but also because AF will be more reliable when using a faster lens.
The 24-105 is my favorite on outdoor occasions because of the longer tele end wich allows me to zoom in more for close-ups, can imagine that this will also go for the 15-85.
Shooting wide open... the very thin DOF is something I personally do not like but accept it as collateral damage coming form shooting with very wide apertures.
When light allows I prefer to shoot at 5.6 anyway wich is much more forgiving when it comes to AF.
Summary: NO, higher ISO will not compensate for all advantages of a constant 2.8 zoom but it will not allways hurt.




  
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